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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Have a MRSA Problem–Three Players Infected So Far

Posted Oct 11 2013 9:09pm

The team flew in an infectious disease doctor to answer questions for the players as the non infected players were getting nervous.  imageThe first case occurred when the team was in New England holding joint practices with the Patriots.  The buildings were sanitized after the findings but there’s no real answer as to where the exposure was.  Two of the cases they said do not appear to be related.  The 3rd case is still pending. 

This could be MRSA in the wild as it is sometimes called and is sometimes even stronger than what one gets in the hospital.  Gyms were once noted in the news as a place to where the virus could be spread. 

Community Strains of MRSA on the rise in Hospitals With Outpatients – Study

So far there have not been any other cases of MRSA in the NFL.  BD 


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that a third player has been diagnosed with MRSA, and confirmed offensive lineman Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

Coach Greg Schiano declined to identify the player on Friday, saying the player requested his name not be released.

NFL.com reported the player was cornerback Johnthan Banks. He was the only new addition Friday to the injury report, which said the rookie did not practice due to illness. Banks is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Infection risk can be increased through activities that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact and shared equipment. As such, athletes, students, military personnel in barracks and people at hospitals and health care facilities are at higher risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

The team flew in an infectious disease expert to answer questions players had before practice. Schiano said the session lasted more than an hour, pushing back the team's practice schedule.

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